the management of any office, business, or organization; direction.
the function of a political state in exercising its governmental duties.
the duty or duties of an in exercising the executive functions of the position.
the management by an of such duties.
a body of , especially in government.
(often initial capital letter) the executive branch of the U.S. government as headed by the president and in power during his or her term of office:
The administration has threatened to veto the new bill. The Reagan administration followed President Carter’s.
the period of service of a governmental or body of governmental .
any group entrusted with executive or powers:
the administration of a college.
Law. management of a decedent’s estate by an executor or , or of a trust estate by a trustee.
an act of dispensing, especially formally:
administration of the sacraments.
supervision of the taking of an oath or the like.
application, as of a salve or medicine.
management of the affairs of an organization, such as a business or institution
the duties of an administrator
the body of people who administer an organization
the conduct of the affairs of government
term of office: often used of presidents, governments, etc
the executive branch of government along with the public service; the government as a whole
(often capital) (mainly US) the political executive, esp of the US; the government
(mainly US) a government board, agency, authority, etc
(property law)

the conduct or disposal of the estate of a deceased person
the management by a trustee of an estate subject to a trust

the administering of something, such as a sacrament, oath, or medical treatment
the thing that is administered


mid-14c., “act of giving or dispensing; late 14c., “management, act of administering,” from Latin administrationem (nominative administratio) “direction, management,” noun of action from past participle stem of administrare (see administer).

Early 15c. as “management of a deceased person’s estate.” Meaning “the government” is attested from 1731 in British usage. Meaning “a U.S. president’s period in office” is first recorded 1796 in writings of George Washington.


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